As Liberty goes through its first season of the two-year FBS transition process, The Flame – Inside the FBS Transition documentary will follow Liberty's progress during the 2017 season.
The fourth of a multiple-part documentary series looks at Liberty's commitment to be a part of the Lynchburg community through various service projects.
Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, Liberty student-athletes will serve the Lynchburg community and surrounding area under the initiative of #FlamesGiveBack. During the 2016-17 school year, Liberty student-athletes logged more than 13,000 hours of community service.
On Feb. 16, the NCAA approved Liberty's waiver request to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty will complete its final season as a FCS program in 2017, playing as a member of the Big South Conference, but will not be eligible for the conference title nor the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
During the 2018 season, Liberty will compete as a FBS independent program and will not be eligible for postseason competition. At the conclusion of the two-year process, Liberty will be a full-fledged FBS program in 2019, which will include the opportunity to compete for bowl game appearances.
The Flames will host their first FBS home game against Old Dominion on Sept. 1, 2018, the first of four FBS teams to visit Williams Stadium in 2018 to meet the FBS reclassification criteria. The 2018 home schedule also features FBS matchups against North Texas (Sept. 22), Troy (Oct. 13) and New Mexico State (Nov. 24).
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